Gender Gap Shrinking Worldwide in Aquatic Sports at Olympic Games

“Women make up 50 percent of the (world) population, so I can’t see any logical reason for women not being 50 percent of the competitors,” said Nancy Hogshead-Makar, the senior director of advocacy at the Women’s Sports Foundation and a 1984 swimming Olympic champion.

Having been a swimmer for many years, Hogshead-Makar said she saw firsthand how other sports can emulate swimming, with nearly the same number of males and females training together in the pool at the same time. She also noted that the United States’ above-average number of females can be attributed to sports being an integral part of the education system, which few countries do. The foundation’s work with enforcing Title IX in high school and college athletics has also played a part in promoting athletic participation among women, Hogshead-Makar said.

“It gives us a vision of what sports could be and makes us want that globally,” she said.

… read the entire article at Swimming World Magazine.

What Corporate CEOs And Floyd Mayweather Have In Common And Who’s Got the Better Job

“What do top media corporate CEOs and boxer Floyd Mayweather have in common?  The short answer is $30 million in compensation a year. Who’s got the better job?  Well if you want to have perpetual office hours, and depend on thousands of other people to implement your plans, and also depend on fickle irrational viewers of TV screens for your pay, then the CEO is your choice. But if you would rather have an altercation once a year, get Showtime to air it, and let them pay you the same money, then the boxer is your econo-hero.”

… read the full post from Roger Groves at SportsMoney.

Post Mortem NFL Draft — Bad Teams Pick Bad Players

Now that the 2013 NFL draft is over, and all the anticipation and emotionalism has subsided, we can get back to reality. And for this draft, like others, I can say the same thing I used to like to say in court when a witness let his education get in the way of his intelligence, “Your honor, the truth is not that complicated.”  The reality is that perennially good teams are good because they pick good people for the particular job. Bad teams are bad because despite being good people, they pick bad people for that job and add bad luck as a companion.  Another axiom fits: “Success and failure starts at the top.”

… Roger Groves dissects the more recent drafts of the Jacksonville Jaguars at SportsMoney.

Issue of boys playing on girls sports teams to be debated in Pa.

Nancy Hogshead-Makar, who won three gold medals in swimming at the 1984 Olympics, is now the senior director of advocacy for the Women’s Sports Foundation and a sports law professor at Florida Coastal School of Law. She’s considered an expert on Title IX. When contacted Thursday by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, she said she understood the complexity of the issue in Pennsylvania.

“Sports are unique,” Hogshead-Makar said. “Other than bathrooms, they are the only sex-segregated area because of the physical differences between boys and girls.”

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/high-school-other/boys-and-girls-sports-to-come-under-debate-686079/#ixzz2SEfZhYr0

ESPN and the SEC Make a Deal. So Who Needs the NCAA?

“We already know the tail wags the college football dog.  Television rights are the plasma of profitability for big time college football programs.  The TV rights equation is really played out in one of three scenarios: (1) TV and a school, (2) TV and a conference and/or (3) TV and the NCAA.  There was a time in the 1940’s when a few prominent schools established their own relationships with a major TV network. The NCAA sued, and the schools blinked.”

… read on for the entire piece by Roger Groves.

Towson University baseball bailout assailed

While Title IX may have come into play in Loeschke’s decision at Towson, the situation at this university mirrors that of many schools that decide to cut sports programs. It almost always comes down to a lack of financial resources, not an issue of federal compliance that spells doom for men’s sports programs, said Nancy Hogshead-Makar, a former Olympic swimmer and senior director of advocacy for The Women’s Sports Foundation.

“When schools do have to cut a men’s program, it is inevitably — and both Maryland and Towson are prime examples of this — because of budgets, because they can not support the size of the athletic program that they would like to,” said Hogshead-Makar, who is also a law professor at Florida Coastal School of Law.

… read the entire story at Diamondback Online.

Cinderella Cannot Afford to Pay for National Championships in College Basketball. Michigan and Louisville Can.

“Every season purist lovers of college basketball hope to find a Florida Golf Coast with no money beating a financially-endowed tall cotton program. Eventually, right about final four or no later than the national championship game, reality sets in. The equation we don’t want to admit hits us in the face anew: Big money = Big Program= Final Four= National Champion.”

… read the entire piece at SportsMoney.